Damon Lindelof (former Lost showrunner and writer of the recent blockbuster film Prometheus) is currently readying for his return to TV. His next project won't be exactly like Lost, but it will definitely contain some unexplainable elements.
The Leftovers is an acclaimed 2011 novel, written by author Tom Perrotta (whose books Election and Little Children were both adapted into successful films). The story concerns a "Rapture"-like event that sees a large number of people mysteriously disappear in an instant, and more specifically, the effect it has on a small town called Mapleton. Nothing has been the same for its residents since the event (referred to in-universe as the Sudden Departure), as countless families quickly found themselves sans vital members.
Lindelof will be teaming with the author himself to adapt the novel for HBO, and will serve as showrunner if the show gets picked up for a full season. Lindelof is said to be a big fan of the source material, and personally asked Perrotta to collaborate with him on the project. The duo is expected to begin work on the pilot script towards the end of summer, after Lindelof finishes up his current film commitments. The Leftovers will mark Lindelof's first TV venture since Lost ended, and his first ever foray into the world of cable television. I'll be interested to see what he can do with the creative free reign that cable affords.
Are you intrigued by The Leftovers? Will Damon Lindelof's streak of success continue?